Table of Contents for Root Meanings

General notes:

  • Root Meanings is a work in progress that will continue to emerge and evolve until the Mind of minds is absolutely clear. The definitions below are subject to evolution.
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Revision: 30 Mar 2024


  • An unreal appearance or perception.
  • What seems to be the case but is not actually the case.
  • Illusion arises in the absence of direct knowing.
  • To take illusions to be real is delusion.
  • When one is awake to Divinity/God/Source, illusion is delightful.
  • When one is awake to Divinity/God/Source, illusion is the play of the Divine.
  • When one is ignorant of Divinity/God/Source, illusion is the nightmare of delusion.
  • Distance is an illusion.
  • Experience is an illusion.
  • Form is an illusion.
  • Greater and lesser are illusions.
  • Strong and weak are illusions.
  • Heaven is an illusion. (Hell is a delusion.)
  • Karma is an illusion.
  • Linear cause and effect is an illusion.
  • Measurement is an illusion.
  • Objectivity is illusion.
  • Perceptions are illusory due to being indirect.
  • Phenomena are all illusory.
  • Seeking is an illusion.
  • Self is an illusion. Even the Self of all is an illusion.
  • Size is an illusion.
  • Space is an illusion.
  • Time is an illusion.
  • Illusion is transcended when curiosity is transcended.
  • Illusion is transcended when imagination is transcended.
  • Illusion is transcended when impermanence is transcended.
  • Illusion is transcended with the attainment of Supreme Emptiness.
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